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Oregon standoff figure Ryan Bundy hatched escape, prosecutor says

A federal prosecutor says Oregon standoff figure Ryan Bundy was working on a plan to escape from a Portland jail.


Man who ‘pistol-whipped’ woman gets nine-year sentence

A 36-year-old man will spend more than nine years in prison for “pistol-whipping” and strangling a woman who disturbed him while he was sleeping, the Spokane Police Department said Wednesday.


Police investigating after Oregon inmate dies unexpectedly

The Oregon State Police are investigating after a 29-year-old inmate at Two Rivers Correctional Institution in Umatilla died unexpectedly on Saturday.


Costly hepatitis C cure strains Idaho’s budget

New hepatitis C treatments could help eradicate the deadly infectious disease and also break the bank. Idaho has been forced to limit which Medicaid patients and prison inmates get drugs …


Deal in sex abuse case prompted by lawsuits

Prosecutors in southwestern Idaho agreed to amend a former juvenile correction nurse’s sex crime charge largely because of pending lawsuits against the state.


Two more charged in conspiracy to smuggle drugs into prison

Two Tennessee women are alleged to have been involved in a conspiracy to smuggle illegal drugs into the Montana State Prison between April and August 2015.


Iowa Supreme Court bans life without parole for teen killers

A divided Iowa Supreme Court on Friday banned judges from imposing life prison sentences without the possibility of parole on juveniles convicted of first-degree murder.


Ferry County man who dealt meth and heroin at mountain compound will serve 20 years in prison

Jason C. Youker, 47, was arrested in September 2014 on charges tied to the sale of drugs on his property. Investigators said he was planning on constructing a compound in …


Federal inmates released at wrong time due to staff error, report says

Staff error resulted in 152 federal inmates being freed after their correct release dates between 2009 and 2014, including three who spent more than an extra year behind bars, according …


Guard accused of smuggling drugs into Montana State Prison

A Montana State Prison guard has been accused smuggling methamphetamine and marijuana into the prison in exchange for cash.


Passenger gets probation for placing fake bomb on plane

A passenger who placed a fake bomb in a restroom during an international flight has avoided a prison term.


Man to be exonerated 50-plus years after wrongful conviction

More than 50 years after a wrongful conviction in a New York City killing and more than 40 years after being released from prison, a Virginia man is returning to …


Virginia GOP lawmakers to sue over felons’ voting rights

Republican lawmakers in Virginia will file a lawsuit challenging Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s decision to allow more than 200,000 convicted felons to vote in November, GOP leaders said Monday.


N. Korea sends another U.S. citizen to prison

North Korea has sentenced an ethnic Korean citizen of the United States to 10 years in prison.


Details of sex abuse could mean prison time for Hastert

When Dennis Hastert pleaded guilty last year to breaking banking laws, sentencing guidelines suggested that the former House speaker would probably serve no more than six months in prison for …


Executive order signed for support for former prisoners

Gov. Jay Inslee has signed an executive order to give those who have completed their prison terms more support once they’re back in their community. The order, signed Tuesday, directs …


U.S. to states: Make it easier for ex-prisoners to obtain IDs

States should make it easier for convicted felons to obtain state-issued identification after they get out of prison, Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Monday in announcing a set of measures …


UPDATED: Mon., April 25, 2016

Reform is needed in inmate re-entry process

Upon return these men and women encounter a complex web of barriers and entanglements connected to the stigma associated with a criminal record.


Exonerated man released from Virginia prison after 33 years

A 60-year-old man who spent more than three decades behind bars for crimes authorities now say he didn’t commit was released from a Virginia prison on Friday.


Candy theft could mean king-size sentence: 20 years to life

A Louisiana man accused of stuffing $31 worth of candy bars into his pockets faces a possible sentence of 20 years to life in prison, prompting a judge to question …


Alabama officers find cellphones, knives after prison uprising

Corrections officers say they found 30 cellphones, makeshift knives and other contraband after an uprising at a prison.


Officials say unrest at prison in Alabama leaves 2 hurt

Inmates set a fire, seized control of a dormitory and stabbed two corrections officials during a violent uprising at a prison in southern Alabama, authorities said Saturday. The riot prompted …


Escaped convicts continue to elude New Mexico authorities

Authorities searched for two prison inmates Friday who managed to flee the back of a fortified prison van along a desolate stretch of New Mexico highway in an escape that …


Jail bans photos after drug-soaked pictures discovered

A Virginia jail is no longer allowing inmates to receive personal photographs after officials found inmates were chewing on pictures that had been soaked in a drug.


Inmate dies at Idaho prison south of Boise

Officials say a 74-year-old inmate at the Idaho State Correctional Institution south of Boise has died of natural causes.


Goodman: Prison activists spotlight confinement

The Angola 3 placed a much-needed spotlight on the issue of solitary confinement.


Senate panel holds hearing on early release of prisoners

A Senate panel moved into the next stage of its inquiry into the erroneous early release of prisoners in Washington state, releasing thousands of pages of documents gained through legislative …


Teen says he was injured by Idaho juvenile detention worker

A teen has filed a tort claim against the Idaho Department of Juvenile Correction because he says he sustained a concussion and a badly broken collarbone when a department employee …


State official resigns after prisoners released early

A former official of the Washington Department of Corrections has resigned from her job in another state agency.


Idaho prisons to revisit policy on same-sex marriage

The Idaho Department of Corrections is revisiting its policy on same-sex marriage after an inmate threatened to take the agency to court.